USING VIDEO OVER SKYPE, MEDICAL CARE FOR PEOPLE WITH MOVEMENT DISORDERS WORKS WELL, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Telemedicine has been around for at least a decade, but now has been facilitated with internet provider Skype and much higher quality webcams. Ray Dorsey, a neurologist at Johns Hopkins, is using this technology to evaluate people remotely for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.
DORSEY: Movement disorders are well suited for telemedicine because they’re assessed visually. We can look at an individual and tell whether they have Parkinson’s disease or not and determine whether they’re under or overtreated by visual assessment and the information they convey to us. Currently what we do in clinic is we base how a patient is doing in a particular point in time in an artificial setting after commuting up to two or three hours to come us and waiting longer than they should have in the waiting room. By providing care in their homes they can wait in the comfort of their own home they can do whatever they’ve been doing. :30
Dorsey says other movement disorders can also be evaluated this way. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.